Edited to add that I just (over a week since I originally blogged this post) noticed that somehow, I'd repeated my post... when some of the comments were made - I had no idea what my lovely followers and commenters meant... OMG - just read it and the penny dropped. I truley balme the medication... you don't want to know what else its been causing me to do LOL.. :O)
Hello blogging buddies new and old.
Hello blogging buddies new and old.
My niece who recently turned three started nursery last week so I decided to mark the ocassion by doing her a card, that hopefully, when she's finished her GCSE's and looking towards the future - (either more education or go in to the big wide world), she'll still have this card somewhere from her Auntie Paula from when she embarked on her journey through 12+ years of school!!
The image is a digi, bought from Tiddly Inks called 'back to school'. You can view Christy's shop and her wonderful images by clicking here. There are lots of cute images in her store of all types and she's adding all the time. She recently added some cute Christmas ones which I couldn't resist, and can't wait to colour those up. Christy also designs for Stamping Bella, so some of you may already be familiar with her work if you're not into digi's.
The image is decoupaged up one layer, then I decoupaged the books again. I coloured with my Promarkers. I don't know about you, but something just clicked with me last night when I was colouring this in. I usually colour each level of my image in my 'best' colouring (lol) - even if i'm not using all of each layer - which you generally don't in decoupage. Also, I could them all and do all the shading etc., then it dawned on me... if i'm not using all of the image, or showing all of the image i.e. its going to be hidden by the next layer, then whats the point in doing my best colouring, right? It was hard to do basic colouring on the lower layer, but I figured why should I be bothering with the shading. I tried to do the best bit of colouring for the bits that are going to be on show.
Does anyone else work like I was working, or had you already figured it out that there was little point in doing that??? Is it just me then? LOL.
The chalkboard image was a freebie - also from Tiddly Inks and both the background pencil designs are both from my Funky Hand CD "V. Funky" - available from here on the Funky Hand website. I own all the Funky Hand CD's and have quite a few of the downloads available from the site too, so I highly recommend them. They're a great source for backing papers - and where else could I have got something so suitable from at that kind of notice... you could call me a FH nut... Funky Hand rocks!!!
The sentiment is computer generated in 'cool dots' font - I've just gone round the edge with a red Promarker to make it stand out.
Did you notice how i've not shaded around the image, rather, I've dotted round with different coloured Promarkers in colours used in the image or found in the backing papers. I saw someone had done it on their cards on another blog and thought it was a fab and fun way of making the image pop instead of using a flat grey - and think it really works on this particular card... you probably wouldn't necessarily use it on an image of an ornate flower or something elegant... but here it seems to work.
The apples were digi colouring images I found by doing a Google search. After I took the picture - I decided to put glossy accents on them to make them look like nice shiney, polished apples - ready for teacher (did anyone you know actually take an apple for the teacher when you were at school - most of the kids I knew just gave our teachers grief LOL?)!!!
Hope you like my card. Please leave me a message if you've taken the time to read my post - i'd like to say hi in return.
Paula x x x